Browsing Category

Breakfast

Open Faced Nova Sandwich With Herb Yogurt Spread

healthy recipe

Smoked Salmon

Hi guys! It is almost the weekend, and you know what that means, another chance for R & R! Woop woop! I wanted to get another post up this week because I will be heading out on a cruise line job for seven days, and likely will not be able to blog until February. Can you believe we are almost in February? That means spring is about to sprung and lighter options will be popping up on menus around the country. It has been absolutely gorgeous here in South Florida, and I am just trying to enjoy every last humidity-free ray of sunshine because I know that  the heat will be back in full affect before we know it!

Continue Reading

Grow2Heal Community Garden at Homestead Hospital-Baptist Health South Florida

Grow2Heal Community Garden

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. No truer words have ever been spoken by Hyppocrates. When I started my blog, I was just beginning to learn the effects of food on the body. As stated above, food can be medicine, food can be memories, and unfortunately food can also be detrimental to your health. If I tell you that every morsel I put into my body was organic, whole and nutrient rich, that would be a lie. The chicken pot pie in my belly right now would tell you otherwise; however, what I have created in my household is strong sense of responsibility for what we consume, where we shop and how we prepare it. It takes effort and energy, but knowledge is power, and learning how to create dishes with seasonal ingredients and getting your children in the kitchen will spark an important dialogue missing from most American households.

Continue Reading

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Good morning everyone! On Monday I posted all about how I was going to get myself back together with workouts and  eating a mostly plant-based diet, and I have to tell you..I am LOVING it! Now, I am not going full vegetarian, but just cutting back on meat with every meal, and will give you the 5 W’s in the near future!   Thankfully, both Cory and I are home all week , which literally has not happened in over a YEAR, and as we prep for hurricane Matthew, I would ask you to keep us in your prayers! We have lived down in Florida for four years and have yet  to experience anything but a tropical storm.  We are prepped with enough water and food to feed a small army, and a dozen of these gorgeous cookies!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

This recipe was developed a few weeks ago when I had 5 brown bananas in my fruit bowl. You should not be afraid of brown bananas as they contain a chemical called TNF or Tumor Necrosis Factor, which has been found to be have anti-cancer properties that combat abnormal cells. Ripe bananas have higher levels of antioxidants as their yellow or green counterparts, but are digested at a quicker rate which gives them a high glycemic index rating, and should be avoided by type II diabetics. These cookies are great for a pre workout due to the natural sugar in them and should be limited to two per sitting! On my Insta-stories I said they are vegan, but I made a mistake because they do contain eggs, but I think you could easily swap the egg with chia seeds in almond milk to make them truly vegan!

Continue Reading

Delicious Quinoa Energy Bowl With a Poached Egg

DSCN1138

Happy Thursday Everybody! Today I have a quick and easy breakfast bowl that will give you an incredible amount of energy for the day. Cory and I had to trek to South Beach on a Saturday last month, and we stopped into Dirt//Eat Clean, a new farm to counter restaurant on 5th Street that is TO DIE FOR. If you do stop in be prepared to spend about $20-$25 per person if you get an entree, app and a juice or cappuccino. My choice was a turkey bacon energy bowl with a mean salsa verde. After we left I literally felt like I had boundless amounts of energy. Once again reminding me how important it is to fuel my body with whole foods and not the junk that usually can creep in on the weekends.

Continue Reading

How to Build a Better Smoothie

Beat The Gym and Taylor Walker Fit

Green, red, purple and yellow…smoothies and juices are all the rage these days! I have posted a few times about my love for the nutribullet as well as some of my favorite recipes. Getting into a morning routine is something I highly recommend. For me, I have turned from smoothies to water and Bulletproof Coffee in the AM, but there is NOTHING better for an afternoon ‘pick me up’ than a nutritious, fiber-filled smoothie. I have teamed up with Beat The Gym to discuss how to build a better smoothie.

Check out our full video here!

Continue Reading

Sweet and Savory Quinoa

Beat The Gym-Sweet and Savory Quinoa

Quinoa is a crop grown mainly for it’s seeds. It is a pseudocereal similar to buckwheat, chia or amaranth which means it can be ground into flour or used as cereal. Quinoa is high in protein and has essential amino acids which are not made in our bodies, but need to be consumed. It is gluten free, and chock full of vitamins including: B6, thiamine, folate, and minerals including: iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Quinoa is one of my favorite bases for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It can be prepared in so many ways, and today Beat The Gym and I bring you recipes for sweet and savory quinoa.

Cook with me below! 

Continue Reading

Sweet and Savory Quinoa

Beat The Gym-Sweet and Savory Quinoa

Quinoa is a crop grown mainly for it’s seeds. It is a pseudocereal similar to buckwheat, chia or amaranth which means it can be ground into flour or used as cereal. Quinoa is high in protein and has essential amino acids which are not made in our bodies, but need to be consumed. It is gluten free, and chock full of vitamins including: B6, thiamine, folate, and minerals including: iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Quinoa is one of my favorite bases for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It can be prepared in so many ways, and today Beat The Gym and I bring you recipes for sweet and savory quinoa.

Cook with me below! 

Continue Reading

My Favorite Smoothie & Super Juice Recipes Utilizing My Nutribullet

 

 A few months back my mom encouraged me to buy a Nutribullet. The Nutribullet has been a great addition to our countertop, and takes up barely any space. A few weeks ago I posted about my ‘Top Ten Kitchen Gadgets For an Active Kitchen, which is now completely shoppable. I was never into smoothies, but after living in Miami the past three years, I found myself stopping at a juice bar almost as many times as I used to pull through the drive-through. Not only can this be detrimental to your wallet, but you miss the added benefit that goes along with drinking a fiber and protein filled smoothie. I try to have a large Nutribullet every morning, after I have my tea, and before I head to the gym. I found that my mood changes every day, and so do the contents of my refrigerator, but whether I am feeling bloated, hungry or have a sweet-tooth, I have found that there is a smoothie to cure every ailment, and I wanted to share my favorite recipes with you here. I am so happy that I now have a quick, healthy way to start my day, that keeps me satisfied until I get back from my workout!

My Favorite Smoothie and Super Juice Recipes Using the Nutribullet-TaylorWalkerFit.com

The De-Bloater: 2 Handfuls of Spinach, 2 Stalks of Celery, 1/2 Green Pepper, 1 Inch Ginger Root, 1/4 C Frozen Berries, 1 Date, 1 Tbs Chia Seeds, 1 Juiced Lemon, Water

Peaches & Cream Probiotic: 1 Handful Spinach, 1 Large Peach, 1 Clementine, 1/4 C Kefir Plain Yogurt, 1 Tsp Flax Seed

Continue Reading

Top Ten Kitchen Gadgets in the Taylor Walker Fit Kitchen

image1-4

Some people like cooking and some people LOVE cooking. Me? I LOVE cooking. If I could choose one hobby that makes me happier than anything these days it would be acting as chef de cuisine in casa de La Sinning, I mean Walker, I mean Sinning :-D. My process goes a little something like this: Pour a glass of vino, pop on the Sam Smith and get to work…chop, chop, chop…dice, dice, dice…Mangia!!!

Sometimes Cory pitches in with the cooking, and other times he is left to do the dishes. Usually the latter,  but during our early dating days we actually fell in love in the kitchen (At least we did in my eyes). We would pick a recipe, go to the store and whip up a three course meal. Back then we were young and healthy food was not on our radar. We tried our hands at chicken francese, penne a la vodka and even pasta fagiolle. We drank, laughed and even decided to order pizza when our meal did not turn out as planned. Which was not very often. We were a pretty good team.

My Top Kitchen Utensils-Taylor Walker Fit

Fast forward to our honeymoon in Italy. We had the opportunity to take a three hour private cooking class in Tuscany. It was an epic adventure that brought me right back to that house in Belmar NJ, where I first fell in love with my brothers roommate. He loved food as much as me…maybe even more than me, and over time we transitioned from young adults living in teeny-tiny apartments to full-blown adults with a real live house and heartburn. I have cooked for my hubby in every type of kitchen, and as I dive further into the world of health, food and fitness I wanted to develop a list of my MUST HAVE kitchen tools. DO NOT get overwhelmed, your cabinets do not need to look like Williams-Sonoma, but with some basic tools you will be able to whip together a gourmet, healthy meal in no time.

The Basics

(Click the links below to see an example)

Pots and Pans: Yes, I am starting with the basics. Try an 8 quart stock pot, 3 quart stock pan, 2-3 quart stock pan and a 12 inch frying pan, all with covers.

Good Knives: I say good knives because even if you have a decent set of knives you can do a heck of a job! We have a great set that my little brother and his lady gave us for our bridal shower. Everytime I use them (which is every. single. day.) I think of them. In fact, its crazy, and maybe I am super sentimental, but whenever I use a gift that was given to Cory and I throughout our ‘special time’ I think about them with thanks and happiness.

Cutting Boards: Knives and cutting boards go hand in hand. Sometimes I do not want to whip out my largest cutting board. If I am cutting one thing I bring out one of my small boards and I am good to go.

Kitchen Utensil Holder and Set: I put this in one category because there are so many great sets out there. They must include: Spatula, Whisk, Wooden spoons (Slotted and Un-Slotted), Sauce Spoon and Soup Ladle.

Measuring Cups & Spoons: Cooking and especially baking is one part feeling, two parts chemistry. You do not need anything fancy or glass, but get a set instead of ‘eye-balling it’. That is until you get a little more comfy around le kitchen.

Glass Storage Containers: Screw PBA’s! I got a great set of glass tupperware-like storage containers last year from Bed Bath and Beyond. They are amazing! I can take them straight from the refrigerator, and pop them in the oven or microwave. They are relatively inexpensive and the tops stay on air-tight.

Luxury Items

Salad Spinner: I do not know how I went so long without purchasing a salad spinner. I used to waste so many paper towels trying to get the moisture off my greens and vegetables. Don’t walk…RUN to your nearest store and pick up one today.

Nutribullet: I am a little upset it took me so long to get one. Not only do I make my morning green smoothie in it, but I make all kinds of sauces, dips and soups in it. I rarely take out my bulky blender that is so hard to clean anymore. I would suggest this appliance to anyone and everyone. Thanks for the suggestion mama!

Garlic Press: This is definitely a luxury gadget, but it brings so much flavor to your dishes. Trying to mince garlic is an absolute pain. This is my go-to for all salad dressings. Most of them require garlic, but who wants to chomp down on a huge chunk or garlic?

Vegetable Steamer: You want to preserve the integrity of your veggies. A steamer is the way to go. Do not allow your pot to boil over and steal away your nutrients. Bring them to a veggie spa of sorts.

Boil Over-Spill Stopper: My mother-in-law gave me this great gift! Since I am a spaz, and actually broke my mothers stove by leaving a pot boiling and overflowing on the stove, this is a handy-dandy item to have…especially if you have kiddies running around!

Well, that is it for my list of top ten kitchen items to whip healthy meals for years to come without breaking the bank. I would love to hear what your must-have kitchen item is!

Pumpkin Flax Pancakes For Fall

Flax Pumpkin Pancakes

Your favorite pancakes are back with a fall twist! I have gotten many thanks and inquiries about the original four ingredient flax pancakes. My go-to breakfast recipe. These are just as simple, but bursting with comforting fall flavors! Here are my Pumpkin Flax Fall Pancakes.

Ingredients:

1/2 Ripe Banana

2 Heaping Tbs Pure Pumpkin

2 Eggs

2 Tbs Ground Flax Seed

1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

3 Sliced of Chopped Candied Ginger (Optional)

Organic Natural Maple Syrup

Directions:

Whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Grease a griddle or pan over medium-high heat. Cook until you see one or two bubbles. Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Plate and top with your favorite natural maple syrup.

Flax Pumpkin Pancakes

Flax Pumpkin Pancakes

I do not care if loving pumpkin is ‘basic’…these are FAB.

Love and Pumpkin Spice,

Taylor